May 4, 2018 Subject:
An informative book of the 'pre-Lombardic' style in Lombardic architecture, which shows an enormous knowledge of relevant churches in Italy (and Dalmatia). The actual historical framework is rather confusing: The 'Lombardic' style came into being around the middle of the XIth century (p. 114) i.e. long after the Lombards ceased to be a unity (as a tribe) in the year 774 AD. Rivoira introduced the 'pre-Lombardic' style to cover the period from 774 - 1050 as a 'fusion of Roman-Ravennate and Byzantino-Ravennate elements' (p. 161). The actual 'Lombardic style' started some three hundred years after their real identity (as-a-tribe) terminated.
It is a high recommended book - despite this structural shortcomings - and a must for every serious student of Lombardic architecture. A map of locations of the relevant places would have been convenient. Marten Kuilman (Amsterdam, May 2018)